|An Initiative Identified With Renewal
VATICAN CITY, 9 MAY 2006 (ZENIT)
Here is a description of the Catholic
Fraternity of Charismatic Covenant Communities and Fellowships, which
appears in the Directory of International Associations of the Faithful,
published by the Pontifical Council for the Laity.
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Official name: Catholic Fraternity of Charismatic Covenant
Communities and Fellowships
Also Known as: Catholic Fraternity
History: The Catholic Fraternity was created at the initiative of a
number of Catholic Charismatic Communities belonging to the
International Brotherhood of Communities
an ecumenical association of largely Catholic communities
that felt the need to affirm their identity within Charismatic Renewal,
strengthen their links with the Church and deepen their communion with
the Successor of Peter.
A decisive role was played in its constitution by its first president,
the Australian Brian Smith, and the Texan Bobbie Kavnar. On Nov. 30,
1990, the Pontifical Council for the Laity decreed recognition of the
Catholic Fraternity of Charismatic Covenant Communities and Fellowships
as an international association of the faithful of pontifical right.
Identity: The Catholic Fraternity is made up of Catholic Charismatic
Communities, and strives to identify with the saving mission of the
Church in communion with the Pope.
This is pursued by encouraging member communities to remain faithful to
the charisms given to them by the Spirit to build up and renew the Body
of Christ, and helping them to become more keenly aware of their
membership of the Catholic Church; guaranteeing that they fully comply
with the teaching and the magisterium of the Church, particularly with
regard to ecclesiology, the centrality of the sacraments, and devotion
to Our Lady and the saints; promoting initiatives and programs for
evangelization; cooperating with other ecclesial communities and
movements; working for authentic ecumenism, consistent with the
guidelines of the Catholic Church.
Organization: The Catholic Fraternity is not a hierarchically structured
ecclesial movement, but a federation of communities and associations,
recognized by their local bishops, which contribute to building up the
one Church of Christ, in respect for their different charisms.
It has no legal authority over the member communities, but solely
pastoral and spiritual responsibility toward them, in order to
strengthen their Catholic identity. The representative body is the
council, made up of the delegates of the member communities, chaired by
the president, meeting at least once every two years.
Within the council there is the executive, made up of two
representatives from each continent and delegates of other regions or
constituent parts of Catholic Fraternity.
Membership: The Catholic Fraternity comprises 51 communities and
associations in 14 countries. They are in six countries in Europe, three
in South America, two in Asia, two in North America, and one in Oceania.
Works: The member communities of the Catholic Fraternity have
established schools of theology and pastoral work; radio and television
stations for evangelization; spiritual retreat houses; educational and
catechetical projects for street children; specific programs to provide
material and spiritual aid to the elderly, immigrants, the sick and the
unemployed; primary and secondary schools; homes for the poor;
assistance programs for prisoners and their families; programs to
prevent abortion and assist expectant mothers, and international
missions in Africa, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Sabah and Indonesia.
The members are also committed to evangelization programs for young
people and young adults in parishes, schools and universities.
Publications: Catholic Fraternity International, a newsletter published
three times a year in English.
Web site: www.catholicfraternity.net
Headquarters: Catholic Fraternity
Via San Tommaso d'Aquino, 10/d - loc. 4
70124 Sari, Italy
Tel. [+39] 080.5099753
© Copyright 2006
Libreria Editrice Vaticana [adapted]